Atheists and agnostics share their stories of deconversion from Christianity.
080 Eric: At Army ROTC Discovers the Real World, Fundamentalist Upbringing, Forced to hide Music He Liked. Served in Afghanistan. He was an Atheist in a Foxhole.
He knew no other perspective, but the one he was told. His family didn't attend events outside of church. He spent preschool-12th grade at the same school and church. Friendships were controlled, "crushes" prohibited. Every potential influence was censored. No privacy. He wasn't allowed his own opinions. He was forced to hide thoughts, friendships & music that didn't conform. His worldview was dictated. In Army ROTC he discovered the real world. He's now atheist, married with 2 kids & lives in the South.
Amanda Roe: Ex-Catholic Atheist. Used to Attend Daily Mass. Unwittingly Joins a Cult at University. Propaganda in U.S. Elections Catches Her Attention. The Bible says "You'll Know Them by Their Fruits". That's the Last Straw. She Lets it All Go!
Amanda was a devout Catholic. She used to attend mass daily. She and her husband didn't use birth control, in accordance with church teaching. She accidentally joins a cult at university. The U.S. elections get her thinking about propaganda. She wonders what propaganda she believes. She hears a Bible verse that says, "You will know them by their fruits". That's the last straw. It gave her the final push to leave Christianity. She became an atheist in November 2020.
Encouraging Quote from "El Inocente (The Innocent)" TV Series on Netflix
I just wanted to share an encouraging quote from the TV series "The Innocent" on Netflix. The show has nothing to do with deconversion, but the quote definitely does. I thought you might find it an encouragement in terms of coming from a past you aren't all that happy about (having been a Christian) and looking toward a better, hopeful future. There aren't any spoilers, so I hope you get a chance to watch this show. If you do, let me know what you think of it!
Chelsy Albertson: Lesbian Ex-Christian Who's Agnostic/Atheist. Former Campus Crusade for Christ Member. A Mission Trip to India Leads to Epiphany.
Chelsy's been instructing English as a Second Language for 20 years. She's been a full time lecturer at Purdue University since 2014. Currently she's working on her 2nd Master's degree about the experiences of lesbian ex-members of Campus Crusade for Christ. Raised Christian, an experience after her Freshman year in college begins a series of big life changes. Her parents don't respond well. A mission trip to India leads to epiphany. Chelsy and her wife recently got married just a few weeks ago! Congrats!!
Abigail Sandoval: Adopted from South Korea by American Christian Parents. Abuse, Neglect & Purity Culture Cause Harm. Now She's an Atheist Mom Who Became the Kind of Parent She Always Needed.
Abby was adopted from South Korea by Christian American Parents. Her early life was marked by abuse and neglect. Demons and hell cause her nightmares as a child. Later she makes big life decisions based on her faith. As an adult, she becomes an atheist and tells her family and it doesn't go over well with everyone. Now Abby is determined to be the kind of parent to her sons that she needed when she was a child. Her story and courage are so inspirational. I'm grateful she shared it with us today.
April: Bible Belt Raised & Homeschooled. An Abusive Relationship Ends, Questions Begin. Astronomy Class Brings Epiphany.
April grew up under a lot of pressure and expectations. *Trigger Warning: We discuss an abusive relationship, mental health & suicide. When abuse ends, April begins to question. What happens when your autonomy is taken from you? This happens to a lot of people, what do we do then? She shares about mental health & intrusive suicidal thoughts. When she takes an Astronomy class she has an epiphany. Thankfully, she's in a much better place mentally today.
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In a world mad with religious nonsense, it’s important to know you’re not alone as a rational person who’s capable of sniffing out snake oil. Listening to people’s journey from superstition to reason is wonderful and uplifting. Love all these good people and the thoughtful, caring host, Steve. People need to listen to this podcast so it keeps going in it’s important work.
A lifeline to those in process
Deconversion can be an arduous journey and feel isolating and painful. This podcast offers a wide range of stories from people just like you and me to offer some useful tools and remind you that it will be okay, and that you are not alone.
Steve really does a great job of interviewing his guests. He is considerate, patient and an empathetic host.